Managing pain and dyspnea for people with life limiting illnesses requires safe opioid use. Opioid misuse can be minimized by using risk assessment tools, contracts for opioid use, and following guidelines for safe storage and disposal. The following are examples of tools you might see or use in your facility.
Risk Assessment Tools
When a pain or dyspnea assessment indicates the need for opioids for symptom management, a risk assessment tool can be used to help to identify those people who are more likely to be struggling with addition issues. Identifying these people before beginning opioids can help the health care team safely manage their opioid use.